It’s that season…all things pumpkin, festive gatherings, and chasing off the cooler days with sugar-filled snacks. I honestly don’t know how we got to October. Wow. And Thanksgiving is this weekend!

(For my American readers, we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Canada this Sunday!!)

We’re tripping ever so delicately towards the year’s close…and for me, I’m not feeling in hibernation mode yet. I’ve got a lot to accomplish! So I need something to really keep me fuelled. Which is why I created these little energy balls.

My dear friend Melissa, who shot this photo – and most of the imagery on my site – will go down in friendship history for famously saying, “the world really doesn’t need another bliss ball”.

But upon trying this one, she’s decided the world needs it. So I figured I’ve got a winner!

Why do I love these so much? Because these little gems are a way of feeling festive, but eating strong. I want to join in on the merrymaking, without the lethargy that follows.

Hope you love the recipe as much as we do!

Happy Thanksgiving to all, no matter where you are.
In this time of increasing chaos, hardship and conflict around the world, we need to gather as often as we can in the spirit of love, friendship and family.

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Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls

A perfect way to stay festive and still enjoy those energy boosters that we all love!
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  • 10 medjool or deglet door dates
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup coconut manna
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of allspice and cardamom


  • Food Processor


  • Pulse dates and almonds in food processor to break them up into small pieces, then add the remaining ingredients.
  • Pulse until well blended with some ingredients still don't want a straight puree!
  • Roll into 12 balls and freeze/refrigerate!


Bonus Points: roll balls into finely shredded coconut, or a mixture of almond meal and cinnamon

Photo Credit (and former Bliss Ball Skeptic): Melissa Quantz